Category: Opinion

Our perspective on a broadcast design/marketing project or other subject of interest.

PICTURED: presenter Jo Coburn introducing an edition of Politics Live on BBC Two.

Bizarre playout decision by BBC Two

At 11.30am today, BBC Two and the BBC News Channel were showing a special news programme, covering Boris Johnson’s first appearance at the despatch box as Prime Minister.

PICTURED: BBC Newsline set. Presenters: Tara Mills and Barra Best.

BBC Newsline: Reith and new virtual set

Updated: 25th July 2019. Just over a week since the BBC Reith font was rolled out on national and regional BBC TV news programmes, BBC Newsline continues to rebel, sticking with the old Helvetica graphics.

Teleshopping returns to ITV: has overnight linear TV had its day?

The return of a full overnight programme schedule on ITV has proved short-lived. From 1st August, Teleshopping will occupy the early hours up to 3am in all ITVplc regions including UTV and Channel. Some would contend that on a major

PICTURED: botched/unofficial BBC logo in use within the BBC.

That botched BBC logo just keeps popping up

That unofficial BBC logo that’s been sitting on the web for years – you know the one – has found its way on to our screens on many occasions, within programme titles. It’s like an uncontainable virus. Here’s the abomination

PICTURED: BBC North West Travel News graphic on social media.

Branding standardisation needed for BBC regional social

The recent refresh of the title sequences of BBC TV’s regional news programmes saw a much-needed drive towards branding standardisation. Since the Lambie-Nairn titles package was introduced in 2008, various regions had gone rogue and produced their own, sometimes sub-par,

PICTURED: the new BBC Weather logo.

BBC Weather adopts BBC Reith font

BBC Weather today unveiled an updated TV graphics package. Nothing major – just a change of font, from Helvetica to BBC Reith. The bespoke BBC font is being rolled out across all BBC services on a phased basis.

PICTURED: still from the BBC Business Live opening titles.

BBC Business Live titles update

The piecemeal rollout of the BBC Reith font across BBC News continues. On Monday morning, the BBC Business Live titles were updated to BBC Reith. Naturally, all other graphics used within the programme (e.g., lower-thirds, markets graphics etc) continue to

PICTURED: BBC Films logo.

BBC Logo Watch

Last updated: 26th July 2020. Hard though it may be to believe, but the BBC sometimes struggles to get its own logo right. Since it was introduced in October 1997, there have been countless on-air examples of mocked-up versions of

PICTURED: Ben Rich presenting a BBC Weather bulletin.

Which BBC weather forecast do I trust?

Just caught the Weather for the Week Ahead at 1.25am on BBC One. Weather for Northern Ireland looking OK tomorrow. A few minutes later, BBC One joined the BBC News Channel – and did that thing that it often likes

PICTURED: East Anglian Air Ambulance logo.

What does East Anglian Air Ambulance and RTÉ have in common?

Stumbled upon this earlier, completely at random. Who would’ve thought that the East Anglian Air Ambulance and RTÉ could possibly have anything in common? The 1969 – 1986 RTÉ corporate logo design (shown below right) was based on the St